Talk. Your Children Really Do Hear You.

If you are reading this, you likely play an integral role in helping young people succeed. On behalf of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), I want to thank you for your commitment to youth. I also want to warn you about underage drinking, a threat to our young people that we are paying special attention to at SAMHSA. Underage … [Read More...]


Grow Your PTA Membership with Diversity & Multiculturalism!

More than ever, families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders have more reasons to work together for the educational success of children. Why? The Huffington Post states public school demographics will experience a record multicultural growth by 2022. The findings discuss growth in terms of diversity and multiculturalism. These two … [Read More...]


Parents Worldwide Agree, “Our Kids Need More Nature!”

This post was originally published on the Nature Rocks blog on April 2, 2014. As a parent, worrying is part of our everyday – it goes hand in hand with parenthood. My kid worry list gets long, but my top two are their health and their happiness, and I bet it’s the same for you. When it comes to your kids and nature, what worries you?  If you’re like 65% … [Read More...]


PTA Advocacy for All Students: At Home and Overseas

Today’s post comes from European PTA President, Kris Garst. She has lived overseas on for a total of five and a half years, and is currently living in Grafenwoehr, Germany, with her husband and three sons. She has been involved with the PTA in Europe since her oldest child started Kindergarten. Kris’s post seeks to bring an understanding of the challenges and … [Read More...]


Missing Friends, Missing Bonding Time

Military children are some of the most resilient that there is. Growing up can be tough when there is always the possibility of living without a parent or caregiver due to deployment or having to uproot and move multiple times when duty stations change. Logan Dean is one of the 1.2 million military children of active duty members worldwide. The 10-year-old’s … [Read More...]


Creating Safe & Welcoming Schools: A Parents Role

Part I Parents play a critical role in the prevention of bullying, harassment, and discrimination. Often we are placing the responsibility for safe schools entirely on the educational system. Schools and school districts do have an obligation to address safe schools issues and violations based on state law and mandated state school board policies. Many schools have … [Read More...]